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Britney Spears

Born Dec. 2, 1981 in tiny Kentwood, La., Britney Spears emerged as one of the defining artists of the teen-pop/bubblegum music craze of the 1990s. Before her explosion as a solo artist, Spears gained notoriety as a contestant on Star Search and cast member of The New Mickey Mouse Club, the kid-friendly variety show produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

Although early solo hits such as "Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did It Again" exuded a playful innocence, the singer's image would become more sexual as her career progressed. Speculation about her virginity and relationship with boyfriend Justin Timberlake began to eclipse her music by the time of her 2001 album, Britney. Stea...
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Born Dec. 2, 1981 in tiny Kentwood, La., Britney Spears emerged as one of the defining artists of the teen-pop/bubblegum music craze of the 1990s. Before her explosion as a solo artist, Spears gained notoriety as a contestant on Star Search and cast member of The New Mickey Mouse Club, the kid-friendly variety show produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

Although early solo hits such as "Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did It Again" exuded a playful innocence, the singer's image would become more sexual as her career progressed. Speculation about her virginity and relationship with boyfriend Justin Timberlake began to eclipse her music by the time of her 2001 album, Britney. Steamy songs such as "I'm a Slave 4 U," which she performed in a skimpy outfit with a snake wrapped around her neck on the MTV Video Music Awards, fueled such talk.

As an adult, Spears continued to be a magnet for the tabloids, embarking on a bizarre two-day marriage to childhood sweetheart Jason Alexander and later marrying backup dancer Kevin Federline. That relationship was chronicled in a reality show, Chaotic. She had two children with Federline, but divorced him in 2007.

Spears then descended into more unbalanced behavior, having her head shaved at a salon in Tarzana, Calif., enduring ugly custody battles and involuntary psychological treatment. She emerged, however, to make two albums, Blackout (2007) and Circus (2008).
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  • Weekend Plans: Who would you rather...see in concert, Dolly Parton or Britney Spears?

    Weekend Plans: Who would you rather...see in concert, Dolly Parton or Britney Spears?
    Pop fans, who are you going to see on Sunday, Britney Spears or Dolly Parton? The dueling concerts on Sunday - Dolly's at the Wolf Trap; Britney's at the Verizon Center - are like a rare lunar event, a diva showtown that pits fans of both to pick one...
  • Celebrity fragrances: Taylor Swift, Fergie, Khloe & Lamar get into parfum

    Celebrity fragrances: Taylor Swift, Fergie, Khloe & Lamar get into parfum
    Derek Jeter has two. Britney Spears? Ten. BeyoncĂ©, Antonio Banderas, Sarah Jessica Parker? They’re all part of the club. Yes, we’re talking celebrity fragrances, which have recently reached new levels of saturation (figuratively and literally...
  • Uprooting a mystery

    Uprooting  a mystery
    At first, he thought it must be a hoax. The man in the picture didn't have hands at the ends of his arms; he had what looked like tree branches - two masses of tangled, overgrown bark. In more than 20 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Anthony Gaspari,...
  • A little quip, a big uproar

    In a town so tough that most murders get just a few paragraphs in the paper, somebody called The Sun about 8 a.m. yesterday with a tip about a vandalized billboard. By noon, the story was all over the Internet, Rush Limbaugh was kicking off his...
  • '07's oral report

    "She looked at me with this look, like, 'Mom, are you dumb or what?' She said, 'These are my friends. I want to be with them.'" Deborah McFadden, whose wheelchair athlete daughter, Tatyana, has challenged the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic...
  • 'Big Brother 10': Libra and Keesha on the block

     
    Patrick Gutierrez fills us in on BB10:Jessie's surprise eviction sent the house into an uproar. First there was silence immediately after the eviction ceremony as everyone tried to come to grips with what had happened. People just paced back and......
  • 'Project Runway': Suede says Suede is eliminated.

     
    Last night's episode of Project Runway starts with the obligatory bathroom shot. The designers are getting ready for another day. And what awaits them when they get to the runway? They get to repick their models.There are eight models and......
  • 'American Idol': Top 7 revealed

     
    On tonight's American Idol, we'll learn who the Top 7 are -- and whether the show is going to apologize to Adam Lambert for officially being over before he even got to perform. (I'm playing a little catch-up after celebrating......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Last auditions before Hollywood week

     
    Tonight is the last set of auditions before Hollywood Week on American Idol. Whew! I'm ready for that, aren't you? This hasn't been the most interesting set of auditions I've ever seen. That might be because they've "saved the best......
  • 'America's Got Talent': Precious' mom, Fame rejects, and yo-yos

     
    Chris in KS takes on last night's AGT. Take it away, Chris!:Well, we’ve had a lot of rain over the past week here in the Midwest, but thankfully no more severe weather other than some flooding like we had during......
  • 'America's Got Talent': It's bloody hot in Orlando

     
    Here's Chris in KS on tonight's AGT. By the way, I'm working on SYTYCD, but I think Work of Art is going to have to wait until tomorrow. A girl's gotta sleep sometime, and for some reason, it took me......
  • Fighting terrorism requires law changes

    LAST WEEK'S terrorist attacks caught the United States painfully unprepared. Whether the carnage was preventable or not, this tragedy -- and the glaring intelligence failures that let it happen -- must not be used as a pretext for measures that endanger...